THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) supports the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in advocating strengthened cybersecurity and data privacy protection in the corporate sector amid the Covod-19 health crisis.
This is in light of the notice recently issued by SEC encouraging corporations to assess their exposure to cybersecurity risks and craft appropriate policies and measures to address these issues.
In relation with this, the DICT is offering its Philippine National Public Key Infrastructure (PNPKI) services, particularly the issuance of digital certificates, as a support to the private sector.
Digital certificates ensure confidentiality, authenticity, integrity and non-repudiation of electronic transactions and documents. This adds another layer of protection to digital transactions among its users.
Similarly, in a letter addressed to SEC Chair Emilio B. Aquino, DICT reached out to the SEC to offer free PNPKI services to the chairman, the commissioners and other key personnel of commission. These services will allow them to exchange private data in a secure manner, such us in issuance of notices, orders and decisions, as well as in the conduct of internal administration.
Aside from operating the PNPKI and offering its services, the DICT also conducts vulnerability assessment and penetration testing services for its clients through its Cybersecurity Bureau.
Likewise, the DICT advises corporations to report cybersecurity incidents in their systems to the DICT’s Cybersecurity Bureau, which continues to handle and respond to cyber threats and incidents during community quarantine.
“We recognize cybersecurity as a vital component of digital transformation. As we increase our usage of ICT during our transition to the new normal, it is important to ensure that our institutions, whether in the public or the private sector, are safe from cyber threats and risks,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said
“The DICT supports SEC’s initiative in promoting better cybersecurity practices in the private sector. And to do that, your DICT continues to extend its cybersecurity services to everyone – with the guidance of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and in support of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID),” he added.
To avail of DICT’s PNPKI services, please refer to DICT Department Circular 06, series of 2020, or visit https://dict.gov.ph/
For more information on the services offered by DICT’s Cybersecurity Bureau, you may contact the following: